EntrePartner Law Firm, PLLC is a boutique firm by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We partner with companies, from big to small, and from formation to sale — and every stage in between. We offer “big firm” caliber counsel with a practical twist, and where we really excel is helping you translate legal advice into smart business decisions. We believe that law firms should follow the same business practices that you do, so we focus on developing long term strategic alliances rather than maximizing legal fees.
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We partner with entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the Upper Midwest.
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We’re not only lawyers. We’re entrepreneurs too.
When entrepreneurs start a law firm, they do things a little differently than the traditional law firm. Our model lets us focus on what really matters: You and your business. For reasonable and predictable fees, EntrePartner offers legal services with a singular focus in mind: How do we add value to your enterprise? If we aren’t adding value, we’re doing it wrong. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, startup, franchise, small businesses, or large enterprise, we’ll help you reach your business goals.
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EntrePartner’s clients continue to partner with us over time because we think of them as more than just “billable hours.” Each and every member of the team is committed to discovering efficient but effective solutions, and implementing them in predictable, transparent ways. Our ever-present goal is to wrench the cost curve downward, bend the value curve upward, and eliminate the “pain curve” altogether.
Our menu of Practice Areas is crafted to address the wide variety of challenges a typical entrepreneur faces. Most of the time we are equipped to handle any issue your business encounters. But even when we aren’t the right fit for your most pressing issue, chances are we know excellent lawyers nearby who would be a good fit. Same goes for our connections to local professionals in financial, accounting, and other service industries. There’s no ego here; we only succeed if your business gets the right help from the right person at the right time.
We’re also reinventing law firm billing practices by offering innovative pricing models in many situations: flat fee engagements, subscription models, pre-packaged offerings, and the like. By increasing transparency around law firm billing, we eliminate the mystery and create a more relaxed, collaborative lawyer-client relationship. If that sort of thing appeals to you (and we hope it does), we encourage you to mention it to us.
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While many people are hunkering down for the winter or gearing up to go on spring break, at EntrePartner we are gearing up for one thing: Franchise registration renewal season! Most franchisors are required to update their Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD) and complete renewal registrations in specific states in March/April of each year (with exact dates depending on specific circumstances as outlined below). This article is designed to provide you the tools to help you make the most of renewal season.
At EntrePartner, we’re busy helping our clients prepare for year-end and set themselves up for a successful 2020! This serves as a friendly reminder with respect to one easy part of this process. All Minnesota entities must file an annual renewal once every calendar year with the Minnesota Secretary of State, beginning in the calendar year following the initial filing. If you do not submit the annual report, your entity will be “statutorily dissolved” (no longer recognized as existing in Minnesota), and you’ll need to pay a fee to get it reinstated. Filing the annual report is easy (less than 10 minutes) and free as long as you file on time.
Starting a business can be overwhelming. It requires you to wear many hats all at the same time and juggle responsibilities that in a larger established company would be delegated to a dozen department heads. Sometimes lost in the shuffle are the key legal decisions that come with starting a business. These decisions can be confusing, but they ultimately can be some of the most important decisions you will make.
One of the primary motivators for operating a business through a separate entity is to insulate the owners of the entity from the liabilities of the business. Typically, a corporation shareholder (or a member of a limited liability or a partner of a limited liability partnership) is not personally liable for the debts of the business. In most instances, the most that a shareholder (or LLC member or LLP partner) will lose in an unsuccessful business venture is their initial capital contribution and time.
All franchisors face one common business growth challenge: how do I sell my franchise to quality prospective franchisees? If you’ve forayed into the franchise industry to any extent, you know that a franchisor’s Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is a cornerstone of any franchise sales program, and – for better or for worse – every prospective franchisee will eventually receive this document and information regarding their prospective franchisor. Some industry professionals may brush off the document as being ‘too legal’ or not helpful in doing true due diligence about a franchise system – however, we advise our clients that there are nuggets of information that can really shed some light about a franchised brand. Whether you’re a prospective franchisee going through the due diligence process, or a franchisor that needs to be prepared to answer questions regarding its disclosures, it is important to note these items in order to dig deeper into the presentation of a franchised network.
When we are preparing a federal trademark application, one of the most important things we need to know is whether you are – at the time of the application – actively using the trademark in the marketplace. If you are, we will file a use-based trademark application, also known as a section 1(a) application (corresponding to the section of the law that authorizes this type of application). But in many cases, an entrepreneur wishes to register a mark before he or she has introduced the product or service that the mark represents. As explained below, it is possible to apply to register a mark that is not yet being used. This type of application is known as an intent-to-use (“ITU”) application or a section 1(b) application.
One of the most common questions we get from business owners is whether their business is right for franchising. On its face, franchising can seem like an excellent way to expand utilizing the capital and talents of qualified third parties. And for those that do it right, it is! That said, entering into franchise relationships takes a considerable investment in time, talent, and money, and we initially have many conversations with our clients about whether they are willing to invest accordingly.
Whether you have a new or established business, trademarks can be an essential part of protecting what often becomes a company’s most important asset: Its brand and goodwill. At the startup stage, entrepreneurs often are looking for guidance on how to get the most protection without having to file multiple trademark registration applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. So, we are often asked whether a business should register its name, logo, or both.
One of the most common questions that we get from our clients, contacts, family, and friends, is whether they should engage an attorney to help them start their company. There are some firms that tell their clients, no matter what, that they should engage an attorney to form their limited liability company or their corporation, and often at a high price.
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EntrePartner engagements typically begin with a brief fact-finding phone call, followed by a 30- to 60-minute scheduled flat-fee consultation (either phone or in-person). Even if you aren’t sure yet whether a consultation is right for your business, we encourage you to call the office, or submit an email inquiry via our Contact Us page.